by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com The lightweight division is currently on the look out for new top contenders, and a couple of those prospects will lock horns at UFC 123 in Detroit as Australian George Sotiropoulos gets back in action against Boston native Joe Lauzon in a main card bout on the card.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Wednesday.
Since spending time on the 6th season of the “Ultimate Fighter”, George Sotiropoulos (13-2) has dropped down to 155lbs and recently become a wrecking machine in his fights.
Starting with a tremendous showing in his home country of Australia with a win over Joe Stevenson, Sotiropoulos has taken huge strides in his overall game, and continued that run with another dominant performance over Kurt Pellegrino at UFC 116. With the contender’s picture in the 155lb weight class more wide open that ever before, the Australian will try to put his name in the hat with a win in Detroit.
Standing in his way will be Boston fighter Joe Lauzon (19-5) who comes into UFC 123 after a first round drubbing of former castmate Gabe Ruediger from the “Ultimate Fighter” season 5 just last month at UFC 118.
The fight took just over 2 minutes and Lauzon was obviously healthy and ready to go for another fight, so he’ll get his chance against Sotiropoulos in November.
The bout between Lauzon and Sotiropoulos is expected to be part of the main televised card, headlined by former light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson taking on Lyoto Machida.